Pianist • Composer • Author • Fine Artist
ELENI TRAGANAS is the rare Renaissance Woman of her generation. An acclaimed concert pianist, composer, author and fine artist, her varied award-winning activities have amassed accolades from the international press. Founder/Director of Artist Pianist Productions, and the distinguished Alexiad Chorale, her novel TWELFTH HOUSE has been hailed as 'a striking new work...a hectic story of breakneck discovery'
— Jim Feast, Reviewer, THE AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW
"I want to express the ineffable, the inexpressible, a longing for the infinite, the stoppage of time — through whatever means are at my disposal. My international career as a performing artist-composer and my intensive skills in the realm of visual art have enabled me to appreciate the qualities of clarity, discipline, a sense of color harmony and balance, rhythmic density and perfection of technique. In any artistic medium, these translate into the requisite tools of one's craft. As a Realist Romanticist in my approach to both music and art, my ultimate vision is the same: to seize a timeless moment and illumine it with beauty"
— ELENI TRAGANAS
“This book is a must-read! The beauty and quiet power of the poet's work make this volume of verse one that almost any poetry fan will likely treasure.”
- THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS
In this poignant collection of haiku and short poems richly enhanced with exquisite botanical illustrations and pen & ink sketches, poet and visual artist ELENI TRAGANAS transports the reader into an intense micro-world of nature’s transformative beauty and mystery in its timeless passage through the seasons. With wit, introspection and a focus on the eternal present, SHADED PERGOLA guides devotees of the flora and fauna kingdom on a journey into an evocative literary garden where every poem illustrates a seemingly artless moment in time, from birth through decay, awakening our emotions with surprising lucidity: Haiku in its most pure and classic essence in a realm where nature is illuminated and magnified through the lens of human nature.
PRAISE FOR SHADED PERGOLA:
"Multi-talented, [Traganas] defies definition. She is all about beauty with all its deep implications. For those who have a penchant for botanical studies, there is a delight waiting to feast their eyes…gorgeous manifestations of beauty."
― WORLD HAIKU REVIEW
"Fall into a kaleidoscope of poignancy and beauty as the pages unfold in this delightful read. Eloquently written and gorgeously illustrated with handcrafted artistry, haiku poems and delicate prose lull the soul into a world where little exists except purity and succulence."
― THE MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW
"SHADED PERGOLA is an exemplary collection of vividly descriptive English-language haiku and original illustrations. ELENI TRAGANAS does not shy away from employing the traditional 5-7-5 syllable format to explore nature's beauty and humanity's complexity in a time when post-modernists strive to throw even the simplest literary rules by the wayside. The crisp images and poignant ponderings invoked by phrases of meticulously chosen words along with exquisitely detailed illustrations showcase the multi-faceted talent TRAGANAS brings to this artfully created masterpiece. SHADED PERGOLA is the ideal specimen every English-language haiku collection should emulate."
― Randal A. Burd, Jr., editor, SPARKS OF CALLIOPE
"ELENI TRAGANAS is a renaissance artist who, being totally self-aware, has mastered the art of conjuring up the infinite and sharing it with us in perfectly formatted haiku. This is not to say that TRAGANAS deals only with abstractions―she doesn't. Her subject matter in SHADED PERGOLA is the everyday, but it is the everyday amplified through her carefully calibrated appreciation. As she says: 'I just see my soul in everyone,' and her vision is absolutely crystal clear! Highly recommended!"
― Ron Kolm, contributing editor, SENSITIVE SKIN MAGAZINE, author of NIGHT SHIFT
"TRAGANAS' SHADED PERGOLA contains an abundance of vividly expressed poems. She has an Asian sensitivity to the minutia of human experiences, of nature, and of seasons. Her collection of poems is an honorable homage to that Japanese and Chinese sensibility."
― Thomas H. Chockley, author of PERSONAL MYTHS: BORN IN MYSTERY
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